Queens restaurants

Roka rocks!
Roka rocks!
Dining Liam La Guerre 9/14/2013 at 6:21PM

Stepping inside Roka Turkish Cuisine feels like drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, far from bustling Metropolitan Avenue to the Mediterranean. Co-owner Anet Dulger, who grew up in Istanbul, inherited her cooking style from her mother and sisters. She created a menu based on her upbringing and uses imported Turkish ingredients to draw out authentic tastes. [...]

The real deal: Smokin’ Aces BBQ
The real deal: Smokin’ Aces BBQ
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/07/2013 at 7:26PM

If the BBQ at Smokin’ Aces in Douglaston were any more authentic, it would be illegal in New York City. But here it is, in view of the platform at the Douglaston LIRR station. Executive pit master Brian Tolsano and staff serve up an outstanding American menu, in a smart space with a great old [...]

Jollibee is Jolly Good
Jollibee is Jolly Good
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/30/2013 at 12:28PM

Strolling under the No. 7 train along Roosevelt Avenue, a long line of anxious customers queue up along 63rd Street.  The draw is a pop restaurant from the Philippines known as Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC). Jollibee has been a popular fast food chain since its inception in Quezon City, Philippines in 1978.  It now has a [...]

Jamaica puts on its bib for newcomer CityRib
Jamaica puts on its bib for newcomer CityRib
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/24/2013 at 11:39AM

As you approach 89th Avenue traveling along Parsons Boulevard through the heart of Jamaica, you cannot help but take immediate notice of the pristine white and tinted glass façade protruding from the Italian architecture of the Moda building—formerly the Queens Family Courthouse.  It is Jamaica’s newest sit-down restaurant, CityRib. CityRib arrives on the scene as a [...]

Tantalizing Turkish for under $10
Tantalizing Turkish for under $10
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/09/2013 at 12:40PM

It is a storefront you would walk past hundreds of times without noticing.  The clean white-table clothed interior is equally unassuming.  But the lunchtime crowds at Turkish Grill on Queens Boulevard are not simply there because of the $8.95 lunch special that includes a starter, entrée and soft drink.  The Mediterranean cuisine here is straightforward, fresh, [...]

Steak and so much more
Steak and so much more
Dining Maggie Hayes 8/03/2013 at 10:40AM

RW Prime wants its clientele to have a “five-star experience,” said manager Eric Rodriguez. Between the diverse menu, attentive staff and upscale yet relaxed environment, it truly was quite the experience. The steakhouse, located on the second floor of Resorts World Casino, has menu options that go well beyond just steak. After noshing on the [...]

Pancakes for dinner
Pancakes for dinner
Dining Queens Courier Staff 7/26/2013 at 5:07PM

There’s nothing quite like pancakes for dinner, especially when those pancakes are Café Triskell’s tissue-paper thin buckwheat crepes painstakingly prepared in the culinary tradition of Brittany, France. Once you pass through the doorway, you are transported to a secluded, rustic, French café with one cook, one server and just a handful of tables. Daily specials [...]

A tale of three Henrys
A tale of three Henrys
Dining Queens Courier Staff 7/19/2013 at 5:10PM

“My brother is serving the food we cooked at home growing up,” explains Luis Aguilar of his brother Cosme, who began hand-stuffing chorizo and butchering meat at the age of seven. Luis and Cosme, who worked for over a decade at Café Henri – with locations in Manhattan and Long Island City – are now [...]

Off the Hook is off the hook
Off the Hook is off the hook
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/28/2013 at 5:31PM

“Which part of the lobster is your favorite,” my friend asks as I stare, dumbfounded, at the enormous lobster roll before me. It is an entire lobster removed from its shell, giant claws—whole—and a buttery herbed tail, all sprinkled with sweet, juicy knuckle meat. “I love it all,” I say. The lobster roll at Off [...]

A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/22/2013 at 11:27AM

One of Astoria’s best-kept secrets is Stove, where Irish-born chef and owner Declan Cass serves British-inspired dishes – the fish and chips are a textbook rendition – alongside inventive New American cuisine to offer something for everyone. The narrow, sconce-lit restaurant is just far enough off the beaten path to feel secluded and special, yet [...]